Generation Whistle Many Keys Available Brass
As you're probably aware, Generation does not make Low
Whistles (Bb is the lowest whistle that they make). Jerry Freeman takes the
Generation mouthpiece, improves it with his world-famous tweaking process, then
adds it to his own Brass whistle body, making a truly unique whistle.
The Low A whistle is approx. 16.5" long; the Low G whistle is
approx. 18" long. They have a nice, mellow tone and are easy to blow through
their entire two octave range. Note that these whistles are large enough that
you might want to use the "Modified Piper's Grip" that we describe in the
section of our website.
The Whistle Shop's owner (Thom Larson) singing "Silent Night". Also features
a solo on the Freeman Low G whistle.
The "Tweaked" Generation D whistle has been fine-tuned by Jerry Freeman.
You'll find Jerry's comments about what he does (and why) below:
This whistle is a breakthrough for pennywhistle enthusiasts.
Generation whistles have long been the standard of Irish and
other traditional whistle music. However, in the last few decades, the quality of the mass
produced Generation whistles has changed. Serious whistle musicians often check out many
whistles, often over a period of years, looking for that one, good Generation
This whistle has been tweaked (the traditional
term for fine tuning a whistle) by Jerry Freeman to create as close as possible to an
ideal Generation. It has that coveted Generation sound, with its beloved
chiff, but it plays well and easily.
The basic Generation sound
remains the same. About the same loudness (assuming you can play the whistle more or less
at normal volume before tweaking, which isn't always the case).
The sound gets cleaned up of
virtually all tendency to buzz, squawk, etc.
The bottom two notes become
respectably strong and comfortable to play without too easily over-blowing
into the second register.
The upper and lower registers
are respectably matched, both in loudness and timbre.
The end result is a very pleasing sound right up to the top of the
second register (loud, but not harsh) and an easy to play whistle. What one famous
Irish whistler has called "That Generation sweetness" comes out clear and true.
The cornerstone of the tweaking
scheme is that I laminate a layer of plastic material under the soundblade and then rework
the ramp to create a new soundblade edge that's appropriately positioned in relation to
the windway. The soundblade edge is brought down to just a little above the windway floor,
which is the ideal position.
In addition, I fill the cavity
under the windway and work a bevel onto the 'block' i.e., the window end of the windway
floor. Once the soundblade is in the ideal position relative to the height of the windway,
a combination of adjusting the bevel, the soundblade edge configuration and the length of
the voicing window produces the final result."